Court Appointments Working Group
State and federal courts regularly appoint lawyers to serve as special masters, lead counsel in class action cases, receivers, trustees, hearing officers, referees, mediators, arbitrators, guardians, and counsel for indigent criminal defendants. Courts also appoint counsel to serve on court committees and task forces that do important policy and oversight work within the legal system. These appointments not only provide compensation and stature, they also provide invaluable experience that can help the appointees gain positions as first chair trial counsel and also serve as a pipeline to the bench.
The Court Appointments Working Group seeks to continue the conversation on why it is important that courts exercise their discretionary appointment powers to appoint more women and minority attorneys, how various judges have approached this issue, and to act as a resources for judges and attorneys seeking more guidance on these issue.
For questions about this working group, contact the Center for Women in Law.